Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | The American singer [Chanteur américain]

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

The American singer [Chanteur américain] 'Le café concert' by Georges Montorgueil. Paris: L'Estampe. Originale, 1893 1893 planographic , brush and spatter lithograph, printed in black ink on cream, wove, machine-made paper
28.0 (h) x 17.6 (w) cm , edition of 500
not signed. not dated printed from the stone, lower centre, in black ink, Toulouse-Lautrec's monogram [HTL within circle]
Reference: Wittrock 28 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra NGA 1980.4082.20 Purchased 1980

The print portfolio, Le café concert, was published by L’Estampe originale, one of the entrepreneurial print publishing houses that opened in Paris in the late nineteenth century. At this time, several such publishers produced original prints and posters for private collectors

The critic Gustave Geffroy described the phenomenon of the café-concert with its crude décor, yet enormous popularity:

The gas flame flickering at the door or the steady moonglow of electric light, grimacing posters and boldly lettered names, the chalk-white faces of men, the painted faces of women. Inside, the odour of beer and tobacco, chairs in closely packed rows, the orchestra rowdy and gay …

Lautrec’s prints for this portfolio capture the personality and performances of some of his favourite entertainers, including Jane Avril and Aristide Bruant.

The print portfolio, Le café concert, was published by L’Estampe originale, one of the entrepreneurial print publishing houses that opened in Paris in the late nineteenth century. At this time, several such publishers produced original prints and posters for private collectors

The critic Gustave Geffroy described the phenomenon of the café-concert with its crude décor, yet enormous popularity:

The gas flame flickering at the door or the steady moonglow of electric light, grimacing posters and boldly lettered names, the chalk-white faces of men, the painted faces of women. Inside, the odour of beer and tobacco, chairs in closely packed rows, the orchestra rowdy and gay …

Lautrec’s prints for this portfolio capture the personality and performances of some of his favourite entertainers, including Jane Avril and Aristide Bruant.

The print portfolio, Le café concert, was published by L’Estampe originale, one of the entrepreneurial print publishing houses that opened in Paris in the late nineteenth century. At this time, several such publishers produced original prints and posters for private collectors

The critic Gustave Geffroy described the phenomenon of the café-concert with its crude décor, yet enormous popularity:

The gas flame flickering at the door or the steady moonglow of electric light, grimacing posters and boldly lettered names, the chalk-white faces of men, the painted faces of women. Inside, the odour of beer and tobacco, chairs in closely packed rows, the orchestra rowdy and gay …

Lautrec’s prints for this portfolio capture the personality and performances of some of his favourite entertainers, including Jane Avril and Aristide Bruant.




Image detail: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec La Goulue entering the Moulin Rouge [La Goulue entrant au Moulin Rouge] 1892
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Gift of Mrs David M. Levy